ERIC Number: EJ738185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Assimilation versus Multiculturalism: Bilingual Education and the Latino Challenge
Burdick-Will, Julia; Gomez, Christina
Journal of Latinos & Education, v5 n2 p209-231 2006
This article analyzes the public rhetoric during the November 2002 vote over bilingual education in Colorado and Massachusetts. We argue that the neoassimilationist views displayed in both states represent a new step in the evolution of assimilation theory and ideology--one that has adapted to both the current immigrant environment and to multicultural criticism. In Colorado, where the bill English for the Children failed to pass, the print media reveals a far greater tendency toward assimilation; in Massachusetts, multicultural values are used far more often as a defense for bilingual education programs, even though the bill overwhelmingly passed.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Bilingual Education, Acculturation, Immigrants, State Legislation, Hispanic American Students, English (Second Language)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Massachusetts